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I, Too, Have Been Touched By The Devilish One...,
This review is from: Halo of Blood (Audio CD)
After four essential albums, Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom lost themselves in the heady perfume of fame and fortune. Their output following their success in the States was poor to say the least, and I for one never thought we'd get another decent album out of them. Enter "Halo Of Blood", their eighth full-length, and while they haven't quite gone back to the crystalline sound that made monsters out of "Hatebreeder" and "Follow The Reaper", they have covered enough old ground to get me excited about this band again.
The movie quotes are back, so are the melodies, the rasping vocals, and the guitar/keyboard trade-offs. This could have been released after "Follow The Reaper", as it contains a lot of that album's high points, especially in the guitar work, which is surely Alexi's finest and most polished since Sinergy's "Suicide By My Side". Tracks like "Your Days Are Numbered" and "All Twisted" recall the same gnarled, blackened power metal strokes that made songs like "Bodom After Midnight" such a treat, but the odd chord sequences of later works haunt the opening manifestos. Much has been made of the blast-beat-leaden title track, but where this album shines is in its latter half. It ends in spectacular fashion, forcing you to hit the repeat button.
I never thought Bodom would get themselves sober for long enough to make an album like this. Colour me impressed.